Lake Leatherwood is located within the city limits of Eureka Springs Arkansas and is owned and managed by the city. The park is approximately 1600 acres and contains an 85 acre beautiful clear lake surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. You would never know it was in the city though as it is seperated from the city by a mountain ridge. Much of the park could be considered wilderness. There is no admission charge.
The lake itself can be canoed and fished as it contains a variety of fish including blue gill, crappie, bream, large mouth bass and channel catfish. There is a small bait shop and a dock at the lake. Boats can be rented and there are some cabins near the lake that can be rented out as well. Maybe 100 ft. or so from the bait shop is a nice swimming area with a small platform that can be used to jump into the lake.
The best part of the park in my opinion is the trails. There are over 21 miles of trails on both sides of the lake that can be used for hiking or mountain biking. The biking is excellent with trails that go from easy to advanced with over 400 ft. of elevation gain from the lowest trail to the highest. As nice as the biking is, the trails are still a great place to hike as the number of mountain bikes using the trails are limited. The bait shop has maps of the trails.
Yes, the asphalt road is in need of repair, but it is short and if you drive slow enough it is no problem at all. To get to the park, drive about 3 miles west on Highway 62 towards Rogers from Eureka Springs. No amount of writing can do the park justice so look at my pics and decide for yourself.
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